Catalan economists want the Spanish Government “to talk without prejudgements” on Catalonia’s self-determination

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The Cercle d’Economia, the main Catalan economic forum open to businesspeople and academics, wants the Spanish Government “to talk without prejudgements” about the Catalan self-determination and “to not exclude the reform of the Constitution” to fit in with Catalonia’s claims. The Cercle does not explicitly back an independent Catalonia but it supports a deep reform of Spain’s territorial organisation, which is based on the model of the Autonomous Communities with similar powers.

They think the current model “does not work” and Spain’s organisation “should adapt to the circumstances”. In addition, the Cercle supports, “more than ever”, finding a negotiated solution to the Catalan self-determination claims for both sides; a solution that may be reached through a “legal” self-determination referendum. However, for this flagship of Catalonia’s civil society, the referendum should not be the final aim but “a tool to build consensus”. The vote should be made in a “loyal and rigorous” climate, as well as with “deep debate”.

The Cercle also sent a message to the supporters of Catalonia’s independence, stating that “some political and social transformations require majorities that go way beyond those strictly legal”. On Tuesday, the Cercle published an opinion note on the political context following the last Catalan elections, which has been presented by its Chairman, Josep Piqué, Vueling’s current President and former Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister in Aznar’s cabinet, among other positions.

Furthermore, in line with the Catalan Government’s claims, the Cercle asked for a review of Spain’s internal distribution of the deficit targets among government levels and to increase those of the Autonomous Communities and local governments. Josep Piqué supported the idea that the deficit targets should be distributed in a fairer way among government levels, according to their public spending share. The European Parliament issued the same recommendation three weeks ago.

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